Act now, be fire smart
LANDHOLDERS across the Southern Downs are encouraged to do their part to reduce fire risk.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service regional manager Wayne Waltisbuhl said weather conditions were becoming more favourable for hazard reduction programs.
As a result, landowners should begin planning for these activities now, keeping in mind that all hazard reductions burns require a fire permit obtained from their local fire warden.
"Queensland's wet summers have increased the vegetation growth and fuel loads now have the potential to cause major wildfires as conditions change leading to summer," Mr Waltisbuhl said.
"Now is the prime time to take control of the situation and conduct hazard reduction activities before conditions become too dry and hot.
"Reducing fuel loads in high risk bushfire areas now decreases the chance of loss of property or even life."
Mr Waltisbuhl said landholders wanting to light a fire in the open should seek advice from their local fire warden as a permit may be required.
For more information visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.